CPU and General Performance

By now, the choice of SoC has become a major focus in every smartphone. While it may not be clear how to use more compute with every generation, it’s generally accepted that stronger CPU and GPU performance is better, especially if it means that there is a power advantage in race to sleep tasks. In the case of the new Moto X we see a Snapdragon 801 SoC with CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz and a GPU clocked at 578 MHz. At this point, there's really not too much to talk about in this SoC as we've reviewed multiple devices with the same exact part.

Currently, our test suite relies upon a combination of browser and gaming benchmarks to get a good idea of total performance. However, it’s important to note that the Android results are only comparable to other Android phones as the stock browser will have specific optimizations that aren’t found in Chrome. We’ll start with the browser benchmarks first.

SunSpider 1.0.2 Benchmark  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Kraken 1.1 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Google Octane v2  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT (Chrome/Safari/IE)

In the browser benchmarks, we see that the new Moto X falls right where we expect it to for the Snapdragon 801. It's plenty fast, and I don't expect any differences in CPU performance between Snapdragon 801 and 805 devices. This is unlikely to be a point of differentiation until Snapdragon 810 and beyond come into play. We'll take a look at Basemark OS II next, which is a general system performance benchmark.

BaseMark OS II - Overall

BaseMark OS II - System

BaseMark OS II - Memory

BaseMark OS II - Graphics

BaseMark OS II - Web

Here, we once again see that there's not much different in terms of performance. We'll turn to the gaming benchmarks next to get a good idea of what to expect from the GPU.

Camera: Stills and Video GPU and NAND Performance
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  • AppleCrappleHater2 - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - link

    A dream comes true, finally, the first time in my life being the first to post a comment on a newly published article on AT. Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - link

    Get better dreams, lol. No one likes "first" comments. Reply
  • NeatOman - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - link

    Leave the guy alone, no one likes a bully... Well, unless its funny... But! Only sometimes were I can't help it laugh :) Reply
  • soccerballtux - Thursday, September 18, 2014 - link

    I'm happy to hear he was so happy.

    on topic, as an avid user of MightyText (text from PC via wifi or cell data), my Nexus 5 battery woes are no more. Trimming txt usage off the screen on time has given me the battery life I required most days. I think this review neglected to mention the battery life savings available with this MotoConnect feature
    Reply
  • CanvasExtractor - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - link

    Sadly Google crippled KitKat's SMS APIs so badly that MightyText cannot mark messages sent (as far as I can tell) or even show MMSes in the stream of messages you send and receive.

    Hopefully Google will take note and fix this, instead of forcing us to rely on per-device features ("bloatware?") to fix their problem.
    Reply
  • craighamilton - Saturday, December 06, 2014 - link

    Seems to be a nice phone, but when you look at consumer based rankings (such as http://www.topreport.org/phones/ for example) it is nowhere to be found within the top. Reply
  • n13L5 - Saturday, September 20, 2014 - link

    Too bad being from Greedle, it lacks a Micro SD card...
    I'd just buy it for the ultra cool bamboo otherwise!
    Reply
  • marcokatz - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Back to topic: The Moto X 2 is a fantastic phone, that's for sure, and the only other phone that can compete with it is the HTC One M8. /Marco from http://www.consumertop.com/best-phone-guide/ Reply
  • Mayuyu - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - link

    BTW, is there going to be a iPhone review? Or has the Apple fans on staff left and there isn't anyone interested in doing iPhone coverage? Reply
  • Alexey291 - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - link

    They don't have a review device yet. Or aren't allowed to release the review until a certain date.

    So they spam all these crappy "there's swiftkey in ios now", "swiftkey works ok in ios" and "we found a leaked benchmark but we think it might be true" articles (aka clickbait articles).
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